Oma – Creative Ageing Koala

Artist: Kerry Smith-Taughkin

Beaumaris, VIC

Sponsor: The Whiddon Group Aged Care Facility

Location: 57 Peach Grove, Laurieton

Artist's Statement

Her colours are designed to invigorate. Crocheting is back in fashion on clothing for our youth, but is also associated with Grannies. The patchwork evokes the patchwork of life’s memories - fun times and doing activities with others. The red/ hot pink lippy, glasses and wrinkles represent lively seniors immersed in life and all it has to offer.

Artist's Biography

Kerry has been involved in the arts most of her life (commercial dance, music, theatre, & visual arts). She took up painting in 2000 and has exhibited widely since. She is mostly known for her portraiture, having been selected for the "Victorian Salon des Refuses - Hidden Faces of the Archibald Exhibition" in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with portraits of Lisa Bolte (Aust Ballet), Stephanie Gilmore (5x World Champion Surfer), Margret Meagher (Executive Director Arts and Health Australia), and Self portrait with Janine Daddo (Artists). Kerry has also been selected for "The Age Media Gallery Portraiture Exhibition" in 2009-2012 and has a permanent exhibit of Tommy Carter OAM in the City of Casey "Star Walk of Fame". Kerry was also selected for a Sculptural Exhibition & oral presentation/workshop at the 2nd International Arts & Health Conference, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne 2011.